To Just Be

For we are human beings

Pretheesh Presannan
2 min readFeb 25, 2022


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why would
the clock tick
when I ain’t
looking at it
why would
the clock tick
when I ain’t
listening to it
its ticking sound
it’s energy wastage
is it not?
sure it is purely mechanical
but what about us
we are human beings
we have mechanicalness
but we aren’t destined to be
at mercy of mechanicalness
the mechanical suffering
— the robotic thought-doings —
we must be able to be
just like that clock
the clock that only ticks
when I want it to
(which had never been invented yet?)
yet always shows the right time
which is NOW
maybe someone would
but it does not matter
when we, human beings, are fully mechanical
with no capacity to just be.

“Work, the gospel of work, the sanctity of work, laborare est orare — all that tripe and nonsense. ‘Work!’ he once broke out contemptuously against the reasonable expostulations of Philip Quarles, ‘work is no more respectable than alcohol, and it serves exactly the same purpose: it just distracts the mind, makes a man forget himself. Work’s simply a drug, that’s all. It’s humiliating that men shouldn’t be able to live without drugs, soberly; it’s humiliating that they shouldn’t have the courage to see the world and themselves as they really are. They must intoxicate themselves with work. It’s…



Pretheesh Presannan

Panic Attack Survivor. Just writing. Plays cricket. Design&Develop. You can find short stories, poems, etc, here. For any work mail to :